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 Is Marcelo Garcia the Greatest of All Time?

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PostSubject: Is Marcelo Garcia the Greatest of All Time?    Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:11 pm

http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/9/28/2453533/adcc-2011-results-marcelo-garcia-greatest-of-all-time-bjj
This is a guest post by T.P. Grant, part of the Bloody Elbow Grappling Coverage Team.

Marcelo Garcia is one of the most popular fighters in the BJJ
community. Known as 'Marcelinho', he is a member of the trinity of
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, along with Roger Gracie and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza.
This past Sunday Marcelo may have set himself apart by winning his
fourth ADCC championship.

An accomplished BJJ middleweight (163 lbs), Marcelo is a five-time
world champion at the black belt level in Gi Jiu Jitsu. He entered the
ADCCs fresh off of wining an IBJJF championship and in the first two
rounds Marcelo dispatched Davis Heart and Vitor Estima in less than two
minutes combined with his patented guillotine from mount.

In the semi-finals, Marcelo faced the young and hungry up and comer
Kron Gracie, son of legend Rickson Gracie. Kron, a black belt since 2009
and still seeking his first World Championship, was trapped in a
stacked division with veteran competitors. In his semi-final match with
Marcelo, Kron locked on a guillotine choke that appeared very tight.
Marcelo admitted he thought about tapping, but resolved to fight until
he passed out and managed to escape.

Marcelo won the match on points, but it was the sternest test he had
faced in years. In the finals Marcelo faced Leo Vieira - a 2x ADCC
champion who once fought an almost 100lbs heavier Mark Kerr to a
stand-still. Marcelo quickly defeated Vieira with a triangle from
mount. Marcelo finished the two biggest grappling competitions of 2011
not only as the champion, but without a single point being scored
against him.

With this victory Marcelo Garcia moves into a class of his own as the most decorated ADCC competitor. Roger Gracie's
greatness stems from domination with fundamentals, Jacare Souza's from
physical brilliance, while Marcelo's stems from technical brilliance.
Marcelo's creativity and innovation has lead him to create amazingly
effective, deviously simple and detail heavy sweeps.

Marcelo realized as he was progressing towards black belt that at the
highest levels of BJJ, submissions from the back had become the
exception instead of the rule and focused his guard game on sweeping
rather than submitting. Marcelo mastered the butterfly guard and then
adapted it to the super technical X-Guard and tinkered with both
positions with and without the gi.

Marcelo is still a young man, in his late twenties, and has a long
grappling career still ahead of him. While Roger Gracie's
accomplishments are well-documented and his ability to pass the guard
and submit seemingly anyone will always earn him a spot among the
all-time greats, Marcelo Garcia stands alone as the pound-for-pound
greatest living grappler. Nine of the most prestigious gold medals in
submission grappling hang in Marcelo's closet and the technical
innovations make him a once in a generation type talent, akin to Carlos
and Helio Gracie the original innovators of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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PostSubject: Re: Is Marcelo Garcia the Greatest of All Time?    Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:45 pm

Rickson via armbar

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PostSubject: Re: Is Marcelo Garcia the Greatest of All Time?    Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:24 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Is Marcelo Garcia the Greatest of All Time?    Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:08 pm

That's a great video OU, love learning the history of any kind of martial art, but bjj is my favorite.
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PostSubject: Re: Is Marcelo Garcia the Greatest of All Time?    Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:10 pm

MMAEYES wrote:
That's a great video OU, love learning the history of any kind of martial art, but bjj is my favorite.
Took it from BE fanpost.

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